Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint

Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint

Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by An Award-winning Author

eBook - 2010
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Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be madeThis book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options--the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like mem.
Publisher: Cincinnati : F+W Media, 2010.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9781599632698
1599632691
9781599632711
1599632713
Characteristics: 1 online resource (331 p.)
Contents: CHAPTER 12: TRANSFORMATIONSPART III: Performing Characters; CHAPTER 13: VOICES; CHAPTER 14: PRESENTATION VS. REPRESENTATION; CHAPTER 15: DRAMATIC VS. NARRATIVE; CHAPTER 16: FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVE; CHAPTER 17: THIRD PERSON; CHAPTER 18: A PRIVATE POPULATION EXPLOSION.
Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; PART I: Inventing Characters; CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS A CHARACTER?; CHAPTER 2: WHAT MAKES A GOOD FICTIONAL CHARACTER?; CHAPTER 3: WHERE DO CHARACTERS COME FROM?; CHAPTER 4: MAKING DECISIONS; PART II: Constructing Characters; CHAPTER 5: WHAT KIND OF STORY ARE YOU TELLING?; CHAPTER 6: THE HIERARCHY; CHAPTER 7: HOW TO RAISE THE EMOTIONAL STAKES; CHAPTER 8: WHAT SHOULD WE FEEL ABOUT THE CHARACTER?; CHAPTER 9: THE HERO AND THE COMMON MAN; CHAPTER 10: THE COMIC CHARACTER: CONTROLLED DISBELIEF; CHAPTER 11: THE SERIOUS CHARACTER: MAKE US BELIEVE.
Summary: Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be madeThis book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options--the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like mem.

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